SLCC General Catalog

Music Recording Technology AAS

CTE Associate Of Applied Science (AAS)
65 credits minimum

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Program Description

The Music Recording Technology AAS degree program will provide students with the required skills to perform high-level tasks in the music recording industry, the business skills to be successful entrepreneurs, and the opportunity to build a portfolio of projects that will demonstrate their skills and technical abilities. Broadcast and sound engineering technicians and radio operators perform a wide variety of tasks. Their duties include setting up, operating, and maintaining the electronic equipment used in nearly all radio and television broadcasts, concerts, plays, sound recordings, and movies. They also install and maintain audiovisual equipment in businesses, schools, homes, performance venues, and other settings. There are many specialized occupations in this field. 

This program will help students develop the requisite skills and technical knowledge to install and maintain audiovisual equipment and to make professional quality audio recordings for a variety of media (film, television, radio, commercial recordings, computer games, etc.); it will also help students develop the entrepreneurial ability to help them to monetize these skills. The program strives to combine a solid foundation in traditional musical and technical instruction with opportunities to gain experience working on projects modeled after those regularly encountered by professionals in the music and multimedia production industries. Music Recording Technology students will collaborate with students from other programs, such as film or animation students, as a part of their education and training.  

Career Opportunities

Students completing the degree program will have received training that will help to prepare them to work as a recording engineer in a music recording studio and for freelance work as a sound designer for live concert productions. According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook 2010-11 edition, about 29 percent of broadcast and sound engineering technicians and radio operators worked in broadcasting (except Internet broadcasting), and 15 percent worked in the motion picture, video, and sound recording industries. About 13 percent were self-employed. Students may also find freelance work in the allied fields of sound design/synthesis, film sound, songwriting, composition and arranging, although the best preparation for such jobs will take place through the completion of the appropriate elective courses.  

Transfer/Articulation Information

The core of classes of the Music Recording Technology AAS, also required for the Music AS degree, have been articulated with all state-sponsored higher education institutions in the state of Utah.

Program Entry Requirements

A musical background with performance experience including basic piano/keyboard skills and the ability to read music notation are desirable and will benefit students entering the program. Students with insufficient prior preparation may be required to take MUSC 1100 Intro to Music Theory before being allowed to begin taking the required courses in Music Theory. Students with insufficient piano/keyboard skills may be required to take MUSC 1150 and MUSC 1160 to complete the piano proficiency requirement.  Contact Thomas Baggaley: thomas.baggaley@slcc.edu.

Total Program/Course Fees

In addition to tuition, students will need to purchase $550-$600 worth of books while completing the specified courses.  

Estimated Cost for Students

While not required for completion of the program, over time, any professional recording engineer will accumulate a large collection of equipment required for work in the field, such as microphones, mixers, audio cables, digital recording equipment, computers, and software, etc. Students may find it helpful to begin to purchase the most essential parts of this equipment while still participating in the program.

Estimated Time to Completion

If students follow the suggested sample schedule, completion time is four semesters.

General Education Requirements

Core Skills:

Composition (EN) 3 Credits

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

ENGL 1010

Intro to Writing (EN)

3

A

WRTG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

Quantitative Studies (QS) 3-4 Credits

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

 Any approved QS course      

Communication (CM) 3 Credits

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

Any approved CM course

Human Relations (HR) 2-3 Credits

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

Any approved HR course

 

 

Distribution Areas: (6 Credits)

Choose an additional three credits from one of the following distribution areas.

Course

Credits

 

 

Biological Science (BS)

3-4

 

Fine Arts (FA)

3-4

 

Humanities (HU)

3

 

Interdisciplinary (ID)

3

 

Physical Science (PS)

3

 

Social Science (SS)

3

 

NOTE: PHYS 1010 cannot be used to fulfill the Physical Science (PS) General Education requirement.

Required Courses: (38 Credits)

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

MUSC 0990

Recital Attendance

0

F, Sp

 

MUSC 1110

Music Theory I

3

F, Sp

MUSC 1100 or equivalent proficiency (Ability to read music notation - test given first day). Coreq: 1130

MUSC 1120

Music Theory II

3

Sp, Su

MUSC 1110 w/C grade or better. Coreq: MUSC 1140

MUSC 1130

Sight Singing/Ear Training I

1

F, Sp

Should be taken concurrently with MUSC 1110

MUSC 1140

Sight Singing/Ear Training II

1

Sp, Su

MUSC 1130 w/C grade or better; Coreq: MUSC 1120

MUSC 1200

Introduction to the Music Industry

1

F, Sp

 

MUSC 1300

Money & Creative Prof

1

F, Sp

 

MUSC 1515

Basic Audio Production

3

A

 

MUSC 1520

Intro to MIDI/Elec Mus Comp

3

F, Sp

 

MUSC 1530 Music Recording Techniques 3 Sp, Su

MUSC/COMM/FLM/THEA 1515 w/C grade or better or instructor approval

MUSC 1550 Musical Acoustics 3 F Math proficiency usually demonstrated by successful completion of the QL or QS Gen Ed requirement (knowledge of Algebra and Geometry)
MUSC 1560 Music Mixing Techniques 3 Sp, Su Prereq: MUSC/COMM/FLM/THEA 1515 w/C grade or better or instructor approval
PHYS 1010 Elementary Physics (PS) 3 F, Sp  
Two semesters of:      
MUSC 2500 Music Production Group 4 A MUSC 1060, 1530 or 1540 w/C grade or better or instructor approval
Two semesters of:      
Performance Ensemble (see below) 1 F, Sp An audition may be required for some ensembles

NOTE: MUSC 0990 must be taken each semester for four semesters. Students may use any combination of MUSC 1350, 1360, 1370, 1380, 1390, 1450, 1460, 1470 or 1480 (including repeating any of these classes for credit - which is the normal case) to fulfill the two credits of vocal or instrumental performance ensemble that must be taken.

In order to receive this degree, all students are required to pass a piano/keyboard proficiency exam, which is usually taken at the beginning of the student's first semester in the program. Students with insufficient prior preparation in this area may be required to take MUSC 1150 and MUSC 1160 to obtain the necessary skills to successfully complete the piano proficiency requirement.  Contact Thomas Baggaley: thomas.baggaley@slcc.edu.


Elective Courses (Select 10 credits from the following)

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

MUSC 1050

Songwriting 1

2

F, SP

 

MUSC 1060

Songwriting II

2

Sp, Su

MUSC 1050 w/C grade or better or instructor approval

MUSC 1400

Copyrights For Creative Professionals

1

 

 

MUSC 1420

Sales Promo For Creative Professionals

2

 

 

MUSC 1440

Build Creative Business

2

 

 

MUSC 1510

Desktop Music Pub.

3

F

MUSC 1100 or equivalent proficiency (ability to read music notation) or MUSC 1100 taken concurrently

MUSC 1540

MIDI II

3

Sp, Su

MUSC 1520 or instructor approval

MUSC 2110

Music Theory III

3

F

MUSC 1120 w/C grade or better. Coreq: MUSC 2130

MUSC 2120

Music Theory IV

3

Sp

MUSC 2110 w/C grade or better. Coreq: MUSC 2140

MUSC 2130 SS and Ear Training III 1 F

MUSC 1140 w/C grade or better. Coreq: MUSC 2110

MUSC 2140 SS and Ear Training III 1 Sp MUSC 2130 w/C grade or better. Coreq: MUSC 2120
MUSC 2350 Conducting Fundamentals 2 Sp MUSC 1120
MUSC 2510 Music Composition for Games and Interactive Media 3 Sp MUSC 1540 or MUSC 1120 or instructor approval
MUSC 2520 Music Scoring for Film 3 F MUSC 1540 or MUSC 1120 or instructor approval
MUSC 2550 Music Internship 1-3 A Instructor approval and second year status in the Music Recording Technology or Media Music programs.
Additional semesters of performance ensembles (see below) 1 F, Sp  
Private Vocal or Instrumental Lessons (see below) 1 A Audition

NOTE: Additional semesters of Performance Ensembles may also be used for elective credit - qualifying courses include MUSC 1350, 1360, 1370, 1380, 1390, 1450, 1460, 1470 and 1480. An audition may be required for specific ensembles. Students may repeat any performance ensemble classes for elective credit in this degree program.

Students may use MUSC 1712, 1715, 1722, 1725, 1732, 1735, 1742,1745, 1752, 1755, 1762, 1765, 2712, 2715, 2722, 2725, 2732, 2735, 2742, 2745, 2752, 2755, 2762, or 2765 to complete any elective credits for private vocal or instrumental lesson instruction. Students must pass a proficiency jury to advance to the second year (2000) level of private applied instruction. These courses may be repeated for elective credit in this degree program.


Sample Schedule

1st Year Schedule

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

MUSC 0990 0 PHYS 1010 3
MUSC 1110 3 MUSC 0990 0
MUSC 1130 1 MUSC 1120 3
MUSC 1200 1 MUSC 1140 1
MUSC 1300 MUSC 1530 3
MUSC 1515 3 MUSC 1560 3
MUSC 1520 3 Distribution 3
Ensemble 1 ENGL 1010 3
QS 4 Ensemble 1

Total

17

Total

17

2nd Year Schedule

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

MUSC 0990 0 MUSC 0990 0
MUSC 1550 3 MUSC 2500 4

MUSC 2500 

4 ELEC 2-3
ELEC 2-3 ELEC 2-3
ELEC 2-3 HR 3
Distribution 3 CM 3
Distribution 3

Total

17-19

Total

14-16

 

Advising Notes

It is recommended that students complete their distribution requirements by taking MUSC 1500 Music and Technology (which meets the Interdisciplinary distribution requirement) and one of the following: MUSC 1010 Introduction to Music, MUSC 1030 Survey of Jazz or MUSC 1040 U.S. Music & Culture (each of which meets the Fine Arts distribution requirement). It is the student’s responsibility to examine each course description for details of prerequisites for each class. Those prerequisites must be satisfied before the designated class may be taken.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Acquire substantive knowledge
  2. Communicate effectively
  3. Develop quantitative literacies
  4. Think critically and creatively
  5. Develop knowledge and skills to be civically engaged
  6. Develop the knowledge and skills to work with others in a professional and constructive manner
  7. Develop computer and information literacy
  • Students demonstrate the ability to work on all aspects of a music recording project, both recorded in a live performance setting and recorded in a controlled studio setting. These aspects include but are not limited to microphone placement, live sound mixing, tracking and final recording mixing and mastering.
1, 4
  • Students demonstrate an understanding of the mathematics and science associated with basic electronics and instrumentation technology.

1, 3

  • Students demonstrate an understanding of the mathematics and science associate with musical acoustics, especially as they relate to recording situations including but not limited to studio design, the acoustics of instruments and sound production and performance space acoustics that might affect live audio production.

1, 3

  • Students demonstrate the ability to work in a collaborative team environment on professional-quality music projects for both musical and non-musical clients.

1, 2, 4

  • Students demonstrate the appropriate entrepreneurial skills necessary for a freelance artist including but not limited to portfolio development, networking, promotion/marketing and basic business accounting.

1, 4

  • Students demonstrate intermediate-level proficiency in academic understanding of the basic structures of music including the ability to compose and analyze music according to common theoretical practices generally accepted in the music industry.

1, 2, 3, 4

  • Students demonstrate intermediate-level proficiency in the ability to fluently read and write music notation in accordance with practices generally accepted in the music industry.

1, 2

  • Students demonstrate proficiency in musical performance with appropriate expression, accuracy and artistic value.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Department Contact Info

Communication and Performing Arts Division

South City Campus

General Information
801-957-4073

Program Information
801-957-4130

Performing Arts

Academic Advisor
SCC W138
801-957-3361 

Program Faculty

Associate Professors
Lyle Archibald

Assistant Professors
Thomas Baggaley
Craig Ferrin

Instructors
Stephen Sue